Five-time Olympic Champion, Elaine Sandra-Lee Thompson-Herah OD has become the first Jamaican female athlete to win the prestigeous Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award having won the 2022 edition.

The Manchester Parish sprinter became the first woman in Olympic history to win the 100m and 200m titles at consecutive Olympic Games during the 2020 Summer Games in Japan.

She won a third gold medal as a member of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team that set a national record of 41.02, the third-fastest time in history.

“I really don’t think I can really express how it feels to be nominated amongst these wonderful and super talented ladies across their respective disciplines but to think that I could come out as the chosen winner of this prestigious award is just mind-blowing for me,” Thompson-Herah posted on Instagram in reaction to the news beneath a photograph of her holding her award.

“I would like to thank the Laureus Sports Academy for this wonderful recognition. I want to thank all my friends and family who have continuously supported me throughout my journey.”

The 29-year-old Thompson-Herah also thanked her sponsors Flow Jamaica, NCB Jamaica and Nike as well as her many fans:

“My fans, my fans! I love you guys so much, continue to motivate and pray for me as I set out to continuously rewrite the record books.”